March 28, 2012 Commission Meeting
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Meeting of March 28, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.
Commission Office, 45 Memorial Circle, 2nd Floor, Augusta, Maine
1. Ratification of Minutes of the February 29, 2012 Meeting
2. Rulemaking – Major Substantive Rules
In January 2012, the Commission agreed to accept public comment on proposed changes to its rules. The rules in Chapter 3 which relate to the Maine Clean Election Act are designated by statute to be major substantive. So, changes to the Chapter 3 rules must be reviewed by the Legislature. The Commission held a public hearing at its February meeting to receive comments from the public and received written comments through March 12, 2012. The Commission received comments on the Chapter 3 rules from the Maine Citizens for Clean Elections and from Joseph and Michele Greenier. After considering the comments, the Commission staff recommends provisionally adopting the changes to the Chapter 3 rules, as originally proposed.
3. Rulemaking – Routine Technical Rules
The Commission also received written comments on routine technical rules in Chapter 1. With respect to the proposed rule interpreting the press exception (Chapter 1, Section 7(10)), the Commission received comments from the Maine Press Association, the Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. After considering the comments, the staff proposes seeking additional public comment on a revised version of Section 7(10). The staff proposes seeking written comment only, because of insufficient time to comply with the notice procedures for a public hearing at the April 25 meeting. The staff proposes completing the Chapter 1 rule amendments at a later public meeting.
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